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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,649Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 34

$1.15M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 34

612 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
68% Subsidized Claims for Low-Income Patients

How Does This Prescriber Compare to Peers?

In the same specialty and state. Caveats »

Drugs That Present Special Risks
Costs of Prescribing
Higher avg Average for
this specialty
in Arizona
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 612 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

24% of this provider’s 612 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 17,519 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$56 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

34 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 21.


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This Prescriber's Drugs

The table below list this provider’s drugs, the number of prescriptions and how many went to seniors. Drugs are ranked by volume and compared with the rank for all providers in the same specialty and state.

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S2

A schedule two drug. More » Schedule two drugs have a high potential for abuse and severe dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

S3

A schedule three drug. More » Schedule three drugs have potential for abuse and dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

A

An antipsychotic drug. More » Antipsychotics are frequently given to dementia patients, though it increases their risk of death.

R

A risky drug for seniors. More » The American Geriatrics Society has said this drug is "potentially dangerous" for seniors and might be inappropriate.

10

This provider is among the top 10 prescribers of
this drug in the country.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for more days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be lower.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for fewer days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be higher.

This Drug's Rank
Drug Name Total Prescriptions Filled
Including Refills
Prescriptions
to 65+
Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in Arizona
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 787 689 1 2
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 670 535 2 13
FUROSEMIDE 615 542 3 4
LISINOPRIL 590 516 4 1
WARFARIN SODIUM 579 538 5 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 545 476 6 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 544 473 7 8
GABAPENTIN 465 363 8 11
CARVEDILOL 412 356 9 20
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 386 336 10 17
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 385 342 S3 11 10
OMEPRAZOLE 366 270 12 6
RANITIDINE HCL 282 217 13 33
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 278 252 14 56
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 246 203 15 19
SIMVASTATIN 231 224 16 3
DIGOXIN 218 175 17 51
METFORMIN HCL 213 170 18 9
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 210 185 19 16
CITALOPRAM HBR 210 183 19 14
NOVOLOG 210 157 19 55
RAMIPRIL 209 178 22 72
CRESTOR 207 161 23 43
ATENOLOL 198 175 24 21
LANTUS 196 142 25 31
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 192 165 26 18
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 189 185 27 40
TRAMADOL HCL 186 157 28 23
DONEPEZIL HCL 180 180 29 15
NAMENDA 177 177 30 25
LACTULOSE 175 167 31 70
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 166 147 32 66
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 162 159 33 37
CLONIDINE HCL 158 110 34 50
SERTRALINE HCL 158 143 34 28
HYDRALAZINE HCL 151 131 36 63
CLOPIDOGREL 148 130 37 41
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 146 105 38 77
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 143 122 39 27
PLAVIX 142 135 40 53
PREDNISONE 142 128 40 39
ADVAIR DISKUS 138 120 42 58
TAMSULOSIN HCL 136 111 43 22
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 135 97 S2 44 26
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 131 94 S2 45 42
RISPERIDONE 131 131 45 38
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 115 107 47 12
CYMBALTA 113 93 48 44
LABETALOL HCL 112 82 49 132
AVODART 110 100 50 134
DIOVAN 110 93 50 48
MIRTAZAPINE 109 105 52 24
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 102 90 53 47
KLOR-CON 10 96 88 54 75
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 95 82 55 139
SPIRONOLACTONE 94 69 56 57
SPIRIVA 94 89 56 84
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 92 50 58 87
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 88 77 59 34
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 87 70 60 74
NIFEDIPINE ER 87 73 60 141
LIDODERM 86 83 62 45
KLOR-CON M20 81 48 63 46
CEFDINIR 81 73 63 146
TRAZODONE HCL 80 41 65 30
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 80 74 65 64
VENLAFAXINE HCL 79 66 67 100
ALLOPURINOL 78 66 68 36
KLOR-CON M10 78 78 68 147
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 73 70 70 78
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 73 71 70 105
DIOVAN HCT 71 71 72 124
PEN NEEDLE 71 40 72 155
DEXILANT 70 66 74 156
VICTOZA 3-PAK 69 49 75 158
METHADONE HCL 68 59 S2 76 100
LEVOFLOXACIN 68 64 76 115
LEXAPRO 67 62 78 109
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 66 54 79 127
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 65 57 80 68
SEROQUEL 65 62 80 129
JANUVIA 64 64 82 97
AGGRENOX 61 42 83 169
GLYBURIDE 60 38 R 84 99
SINGULAIR 58 52 85 127
AMIODARONE HCL 58 55 85 96
BUDESONIDE 57 39 87 177
FINASTERIDE 57 54 87 59
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 57 50 87 62
HUMALOG 55 40 90 104
HALOPERIDOL 54 54 91 185
OXYCODONE HCL 53 40 S2 92 49
LIDOCAINE HCL 52 52 93 192
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 52 34 93 192
CARBAMAZEPINE 50 36 95 199
About This Data

ProPublica obtained prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, under the Freedom of Information Act. The data for 2012 includes more than 1.2 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.5 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 382,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients. Methodology »

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Caveats
  • No comparisons are shown if 10 or fewer prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • The list of top drugs includes only those for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions, but all prescriptions are counted in the summary totals at the top.
  • The calculation of “Risky Drugs to Seniors” does not include drugs for which a provider wrote 11 or fewer prescriptions because Medicare redacted the information to protect patient privacy.
  • Comparisons do not take into account the medical conditions of patients. Medications for certain conditions do not have generic alternatives, so patients would receive more expensive brand name drugs.
  • This provider's address and specialty information was last updated on May 12, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.